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Holiday Giving Ramps Up As Need Grows

The fourth annual Because We Care toy drive is in full swing, but donations are down and the need is greater than ever, said Ann Farmer, founder and coordinator.

December 07, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

OID Board Selects Officers

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors selected its new officers for 2012 at the Dec. 6 regular meeting. Director Frank Clark will serve as board president, Steve Webb will serve as vice president, OID General Manager Steve Knell will serve as board secretary, and OID Chief Financial Officer Kathy Cook will serve as treasurer.

December 07, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Infant Found Deceased In Waterford Trash Can

On Thursday evening, Dec. 1 at 9:22 p.m. Stanislaus County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the Bait Barn located at 12505 Yosemite Blvd in Waterford, for an infant found in a garbage can. Fire personnel immediately responded and the infant was pronounced deceased.

December 03, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Police Search For Stabbing Suspect

Police are searching for an Oakdale man suspected of stabbing another Oakdale man in the forearm following an argument. Benjamin Gayton, 29, is a local transient who is described as a Hispanic male, 5 feet 6 inches, 135 pounds, with very short, shaved brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a ripped white tank top undershirt. Gayton has a tattoo on his right arm that reads, "Gayton."

December 02, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Stiff Wind Downs Trees

Dubbed an "epic windstorm" by, the blustery storm didn't spare Oakdale as it blew through town Wednesday, Nov. 30, downing trees all over the city, including two at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club and a large tree on Maag Avenue near the junior high as well as a power pole or two. Wind gusts in the Oakdale area were approximately 30 mph but areas in Los Angeles were hit with winds as high as 100 mph. The wind storm continued into Thursday, Dec. 1 with spotty power outages in some affected areas. In the foothill areas ...

December 01, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Tree Of Life Lights Hope For Families

Oakdale families are invited to celebrate their loved ones with the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation's Tree of Life. Donors can purchase a light on the tree in memory of a lost loved one or in honor of a survivor. Anyone can purchase a light and they are not specifically for one disease or disorder.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

OID - Water Use, Costs Studied

The Oakdale Irrigation District Board of Directors visited several interrelated issues pertaining to water use in the district at its recent regular meeting.

November 30, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Cowboy Christmas Expands To Two-Day Event

Judging by the healthy turn out for both days, the decision to turn the 19th annual Cowboy Museum Cowboy Christmas into a two-day event was a smart one as community members and western-oriented shoppers crowded into the community center Friday and Saturday, Nov. 25-26.

November 30, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Measure $ Allocated

Oakdale City Council members wasted no time appropriating Measure O sales tax dollars. The tax collection does not go into effect until April, but the council budgeted nearly $260,000 of the money at their recent meeting to keep two firefighter positions, two police officers, and operations of the senior and community centers. The adopted 2011-2012 budget included only partial funding for each of those services and hinged on the passing of Measure O to avoid cuts.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

City Lights Up

Oakdale will deck its halls for the holidays on Friday, Dec. 2 with the annual lighting of the Oakdale Christmas tree. This year's tree lighting was organized and sponsored by the Oakdale Garden Club, and will include 30 smaller trees, each sponsored by local organizations.

November 30, 2011 | Andrea Goodwin | Local News

Gather 'Round The Christmas Tree

Cloverland Elementary School students help kick off holiday festivities by decorating a tree for the city's tree lighting event. The Old-Fashioned Downtown Christmas and city tree-lighting ceremony are scheduled for Friday, Dec. 2. Look for information on both these local favorites in the Nov. 30 issue of The Oakdale Leader.

November 29, 2011 | Dawn M. Henley | Local News

Cowboy Santa Rides Into Town

Cowboy Santa was sighted Saturday, Nov. 26 as he sauntered into the community center for his annual appearance at the Cowboy Museum's Cowboy Christmas event. Ever a popular staple to the western-themed community event, Cowboy Santa never fails to delight young and old. The Oakdale Leader will have the full story as well as more photos of the event in the Wednesday, Nov. 30 issue.

November 26, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

Holiday Events On The Schedule

Whether it's sharing a holiday meal with friends or getting in some early holiday shopping, the season is alive and well.

November 23, 2011 | | Local News

Bureau Slammed For ‘Needless’ Loss Of Salmon Eggs

Three irrigation districts are blaming the federal Bureau of Reclamation for failing to adjust water releases from New Melones Reservoir to protect spawning Chinook salmon in the Stanislaus River.

November 23, 2011 | | Local News

Community Sharing Gearing Up For Busy Season

Sometimes it's easy to assume false truths when removed from the actual situation, such as assuming Community Sharing only feeds the homeless bums who are too lazy to get a job.

November 23, 2011 | Kim Van Meter | Local News

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Runners Toe The Line To Benefit Education

An overcast morning proved to serve as perfect running weather for over 350 runners and walkers on Saturday, March 10 as they joined in for ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Community Workshop Set On Sign Ordinance

The third in a series of Community Workshops for Oakdale residents focused on the city's sign ordinance is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21.

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Distinguished Title Awarded To Yang

The annual Distinguished Young Women of Oakdale program, sponsored by Soroptimist International of Oakdale, was hosted Saturday, March 10 at Magnolia School Auditorium. Oakdale High ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Knights Ferry Hosts Civil War Battles

The American Civil War Association is hosting its annual Knights Ferry Civil War Days this coming weekend.

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Races Shaping Up For June 5 Primary

Stanislaus County Clerk/Recorder/Registrar of Voters Lee Lundrigan has announced the candidate filing deadline of Friday, March 9 for the June 5 Statewide Direct ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Garden Club Session

The Oakdale Garden Club's next meeting will be held Tuesday, March 20 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bianchi Community Center, 110 S ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Youth Casting Call Goes Out For Hutton’s Hamlet Season

Hutton's Hamlet Performing Arts Center in Oakdale will celebrate a milestone this summer with its 20th season of youth theater workshops, featuring five exciting ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Community Briefs

County Trash Day

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Gateway Express Project Receives $9M Grant

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced a $9 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program grant for State Road 132, the Gateway ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Relay Corner

Teams are still being sought for the upcoming Oakdale-Escalon-Riverbank-Waterford Relay For Life. The event will be hosted May 5 and 6 at the Oakdale High ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Ag Council Members Gather For Annual Meeting

Agricultural business leaders from throughout the state met in Napa, California this past week for Agricultural Council of California's Annual Meeting, which was held ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Motor Madness Fundraiser Features Emcee Rob Ely

Soroptimist International of Oakdale will host its annual Motor Madness fundraiser on Saturday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gene Bianchi Community ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

Grant Fund Awards Support Regional Fishing Programs

Six California non-profit organizations have been awarded funds to provide fishing programs for Hispanic youth and families.

March 14, 2018 | | Local News


American Veterans First, headquartered in Riverbank, hosted its annual Chili Cook-off on Saturday, March 10 with the tasting sessions and voting offered at the New ...

March 14, 2018 | | Local News

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